Continuing growth in population and employment in Snohomish County has resulted in more traffic congestion. If you travel between Everett and Marysville you are likely spending more time sitting in traffic and staring at the vehicle ahead of you. Fortunately, we have some good news.
In 2021, the Washington State Department of Transportation will start construction on extending the northbound I-5 HOV lane to Marysville. Right now, the lane ends near US 2 in Everett. To create the HOV lane, WSDOT do a bit of widening, paving, and restriping. When it’s done, they will still have the existing three northbound lanes, plus the HOV lane, for a total of four lanes.
The Washington State Department of Transportation worked closely with community leaders to review data about this stretch of I-5 as part of the I-5/NB Marine View Drive to SR 529 Corridor and Interchange (I/C) Improvements project. WSDOT worked with Snohomish County, the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, the Tulalip Tribes, the cities of Everett and Marysville, Community Transit, and the Washington State Patrol to help choose the best solution for the least cost.
This group looked at many different options to improve traffic. After considering different ideas, analyzing traffic patterns and forecasts, the group determined a permanent HOV lane helps address congestion during the weekdays and weekends, since close to 25 percent of all vehicles traveling this section have two or more people in them.
The new HOV lane will extend from US 2 to SR 529. The project will also improve the I-5/SR 529 interchange in Marysville with new ramps.
Construction of the new lane and SR 529 ramps is scheduled to begin in 2021 with completion in 2022.
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